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Ecus (was: Pater Noster (purely linguistically)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Saturday, December 4, 2004, 8:30
On Friday, December 3, 2004, at 01:58 , Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Quoting Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>: > >> It seems that |quo| and |co| were both pronounced the same [k_wo] by most >> (all?) speakers, and there are other examples of confusion in spelling. > > Reminds me - I saw a piece on Latin inflection somewhere that claimed > that forms > like _equus_, _equi_ were late regularizations for classical _ecus_, > _equi_. Any > comment on this?
As far as i know, the regularization was Classical. It is true _equus_ and _ecus_ would as far as we can tell both be pronounced ['Ek_wUs] and in early inscriptions we do find things like _ecus_ with plural _equi_ but I am fairly certain that the practice of regularizing the written stem as equ- dates back to the Classical period, at least to the time of Augustus if not a little earlier. Ray =============================================== =============================================== Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight, which is not so much a twilight of the gods as of the reason." [JRRT, "English and Welsh" ]